Well, it wasn't that long ago when the pure play BPM acquisitions had us all wondering what would happen to the pace of innovation in our corner of the world where business meets IT on a daily basis.
But besides the big players, Pega, IBM, Progress, Oracle, SAP, Software AG, Fujitsu... and a few of the smaller old guard still competing: Appian, ActiveVos, jBPM, Handysoft, Intalio, Global360, Ultimus, Papyrus, etc.? We also see some new players in and around BPM:
ActionBase - focusing on user defined processes, case management, unpredictable work, etc.
Signavio - BPMN modeler in the cloud, but also partnering to white box their modeler with various other tools (including Activiti)
RAVEN - An interesting take on starting business process models with simple sentence structure descriptions.
Activiti - new open source effort, execution-oriented, led by some former jBPM members.? Uses a version of Signavio for modeling.
Process Maker - another opensource/cloud offering.
And I'm probably missing or even insulting several companies based on my overlooking them in this list off the top of my head (my apologies!).? So, here's my offer to anyone with an innovative BPM product - send me a link and a quick blurb and I'll update this post or create a new page in our blog to include that information for posterity.
So what's the point?? There's a lot of innovation going on in our space.? The sheer number of products targeted at making modeling processes more accessible is surprising. And then there are new execution engines.? I think because the market is no longer trying to compare every offering to Lombardi or Savvion as the definition of a "BPMS" - some of these other offerings now have an opening to start adding value to companies' BPM efforts without having to get into a direct comparison across the board- just competing based on their strengths.
Innovation in the BPM market is alive and well.